The raceway was MB2 Raceway in Sylmar, California. And I’ve got brickbats and bouquets for the players involved in handling the emergency.
Bouquets to the staff at Olive View Medical Center — Dr. John Crisp, Dr. Inessa Grinberg, Dr. Megan OBryan, and nurse Tina Kaeser — all went above and beyond their tired call of duty to care for my child. Kudos to the paramedics, Travis and Hardy. I don’t know their last names, but they treated my 9-year old with care and dignity and acted quickly to get her to emergency care as fast as possible.
Big brickbats to the staff and management at MB2. Not only is it one week later and I’ve not gotten a call, a note, an email…to say “Hi. How is your daughter doing after that traumatic and dramatic accident where she broke 2 bones in her leg and dislocated her ankle so badly that it took about 10 minutes to relocate it? Is she doing OK?” They were ill-prepared for any type of accident. Had no ice packs, no protocol, took no information, wrote up no accident report, and didn’t call the paramedics until the second request. Would I EVER entrust my child to their facility again? No. Never. NEVER.
Kudos to the mom of the birthday boy, the birthday boy himself (who came to the hospital and refused to leave my daughter’s side until we knew that everything was really under control), kudos to the dad of one of the birthday kids who lifted my daughter out of the go-kart and carried her to a sofa and held her until we had her placement under control. Thank you’s to the other moms and dads who put their jackets on my child as she headed into shock because there were no blankets on hand to cover her and who have called and visited and brought good wishes and books and distractions for my child to help her through a long recovery.
Right now, on this Monday morning, my daughter is sleeping fitfully beside me, her leg, raised on three pillows, in a really long and really heavy green fiber glass cast. I am so thankful that she didn’t suffer head or organ trauma. I am so angry at myself that I let her ride on the go-kart and I’m just mortified that the owner of a racetrack wouldn’t even bother to take a minute to find out how a little girl, who got so badly injured in his facility, was doing. Thankfully, for us, life goes on and the next few months will be a blip in her lifetime, but if you are a parent and have ever seen your child in excruciating pain, you’ll understand my pain and anger as I wish I could take it on myself…instead of her having to endure this recovery.